"Using data from NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists remotely detected magmatic water, or water that originates from deep within the moon's interior, on the surface of the moon," the space agency said in a statement.
According to NASA, this marks the first time that this form of water has been detected from lunar orbit, but samples brought back by the Apollo astronauts had traces of magmatic water, News.com.au reported.
M3 imaged the lunar impact crater Bullialdus, which lies near the lunar equator.
Scientists were interested in studying this area because they could better quantify the amount of water inside the rocks due to the crater's location and the type of rocks it held, NASA said.
The findings are published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
--ANI (Posted on 29-08-2013)